Introducing a graphic novel project drawn from the life & stories of Daisy Turner from Grafton, VT.
Due out in mid-2020, this book is organized by Vermont Folklife Center (see this March, 2019 press release). Participating artists include:
- Joel Christian Gill (Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield's First Ride)
- Robyn Smith (The Saddest, Angriest Black Girl in Town)
- Ezra Veitch (The Chronicles of Templar)
The resulting graphic novel will be distributed for free to Vermont libraries.
I'll post more links when available!
I've drawn a section detailing the adventures of Daisy'd father Alec Turner during & after the Civil War.
ABOUT DAISY TURNER:
Daisy was born in 1883 & lived until 1988.
Her father, Alec Turner, escaped from slavery during the Civil War, & eventually brought his family to settle in Vermont.
As a child Daisy learned all sorts of amazing oral traditions & stories from him.
Her deep sense of oral history stretched back all the way to her family's roots on the west coast of Africa & to include oral memories of:
- the experience of slavery in Virginia
- the upheaval of the Civil War
- her family's postwar exodus to Maine
- & arrival in Vermont in 1873
- & Daisy's own long, eventful life spanning 2 centuries.
(She's about 100 years old in that video above -- and she's such a FORCEFUL storyteller!)
You may remember Daisy's poetry recitation during her appearance in Ken Burns' documentary, The Civil War. Jane C. Beck has also published a revelatory book about Daisy through the U. of Illinois Press (available via Vermont Folklife Center here).